State winners crowned at pageant

By Kay Stephens

A Portage area teenager took top honors Saturday night in the Miss Teen Pennsylvania International Pageant held at the Jaffa Shrine Center.

Brielle Corrente of New Germany, a student at Forest Hills High School who competed as Miss Teen Portage, opened her mouth in awe when her name was announced as the winner.

Amanda Pope, who competed as Miss Cranberry Township, started crying when she heard her name announced as Miss Pennsylvania International.

The Mrs. Pennsylvania International title went to Nicole Froats, Mrs. Washington, who put her hand over her wide smile as a crown was pinned to her head.

All three women, named at the end of a nearly three-hour pageant with 25 contestants, will represent Pennsylvania in the national contest scheduled July 28 to Aug. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla.

It will be a chance to meet some incredible women from across the nation, Blair County native Marci McNair said Saturday night when she concluded her year as Mrs. Pennsylvania International.

The women will hold the title for a year, giving them the opportunity to make several public appearances where they can promote a charitable cause.

Corrente said she wants to help others find ways to overcome adversity, something she had to do when she lost color in her vision.

Pope, a kindergarten teacher, said she wants to help children understand the importance of good nutrition and staying active.

Froats, who rescued a pitbull terrier, said she wants to work on repairing the reputation of that dog breed.

Pageant Director Jodi Cessna, a former Mrs. Pennsylvania International, said the judges score the women on the basis of interviews, held prior to the pageant, and on their pageant appearance. The women donned a variety of evening gowns for that portion of the contest. All wore the same shorts and sports bra for the aerobic wear competition.

Other honors in the pageant went to Alivia Jacobs of Altoona, named Miss Junior Teen Pennsylvania.

Pageant judges were Sherri Maines, a counselor at Big Spring High School; Gerri Walczak, a real estate agent from Ohio and the former Mrs. Ohio International 2008; Jayson Terdiman of Berwick, a member of the U.S. Luge National Team; Ashley Anderson of Erie, Miss Pennsylvania International 2008 and Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode of Patton, marketing manager at the Altoona Mirror, a pageant sponsor.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.